Sep 18, 2012

Red or Green?

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Lately, I've had a mouth full of New Mexican cuisine. This cuisine features Native American, Mexican, anglo and Spanish flavors, combined with the all-important chili pepper. In fact, "red or green?" is the most common question you'll be asked in New Mexico. I can't choose between red or green, so I order 'christmas', a combination of both. Dori prefers green. Dori and I both agree that New Mexico is the epitome of adobe-style infrastructure. Adobe homes are everywhere, conjuring Native American and Old Spanish ghosts. New Mexico is definitely an important part of the Southwest. When I dream of a sort of "Utopian Southwest", I dream of a place where there are saguaros from Arizona, Red Rocks from Utah, Joshua Trees from Nevada, clouds from the 4 corners, and the Rio Grande of New Mexico, dotted with perfect little adobes along the bank.  Most people will fly into Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park before going home content they saw the jewel of the American Southwest. There is no one jewel. This is 50,000 square miles of raw supernatural paradise. Its a wild and remote world that for a moment, if traveled right, can isolate each one of us from humanity.


These photos were taken while training in Albuquerque, NM.
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17 comments:

  1. Very nice photos and I love the commentary! You are absolutely correct about it being a wild and remote world and being isolated from humanity on occassion is a very good thing in my opinion.

    So have you tried the red or green chile wine?

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    1. Thanks Ron.:)No I haven't tried them yet? There is also a green chile shake that am unsure to try.lol

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  2. Here is a part of the United States I know very little of. These photos make me feel like jumping on the next flight to New Mexico to check things out... I get a wee bit tired of evergreens, lakes and mountains here in the Pacific Northwest, where deep blues and greens dominate the scenery. I would not mind checking out adobe houses and colorful towns for a while! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Hop on that plane french girl! That's another reason I love blogging... To share different worlds. I always learn something new when visiting your blog...I can't wait to see what's next.:) What's next...more desserts I hope.;)

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  3. Great shots of Old Town. Don't forget you can always have Christmas if you can't decide on Red or Green.

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    1. Thanks Randy.:) Yes, 'Christmas' is totally me!

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  4. Beautiful shots! They make me so homesick!! I can just smell the piñon and sage in the crisp air.

    I agree with your well-put statement about it being a "raw supernatural paradise" - that's got to be why NM is so enchanting!

    I usually go red, and once in a while, green. But occasionally it's way too hard to decide, so you've just got to go Christmas.

    If you try either of those wines, you'll have to let us know how they are. I always wondered how they tasted - I would've tried them myself if I had known about them before leaving NM.

    I'm so glad you posted about NM!!

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    1. Thank you Sonya! I will definitely let you know when I try the wines. So your a red girl. Good to know.;)

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  5. What a colourful post, you chose cool photos for this series Sandy!
    The chile wines seem very exotic, but I don't drink alcohool, so I'll have to wait for your veredict. ;-)
    Mexican skulls are so fun, I love them (I can almost see you among them); the crazy mural is amazing too, I've spent some minutes looking to each one of his eyes!
    Hope you carry your camera with you all the time, I can't wait to see the next posts. :)

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  6. Thank you Lucia. Are you loving your ipad? I almost like mine. But I have problems on commenting for some reason still.lol You are much smarter and patient than I am. But other than that I love my ipad. =) I will let you know about the wine. I dont know how good it will be.lol Maybe with some jack cheese. The mural is so weird huh? But it so neat. I have an iphone so I end up taking more pictures with the iphone but I really need to bring my camera more. Have a nice day Lucia. See I can't get your name just right on the ipad.ugh!;)

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    1. Talking about gadgets and gear, I can say my first love is my camera (and the lenses too), after them are my iPad and my laptop - which is not brand new, so, there's a little disadvantage here. I don't think I'm smarter than you my friend, and I'm sure anyone is much more patient than me. But probably I use Google much more than you do. :D

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  7. Oh My Gosh! How does a Guy in the middle of Oklahoma respond and comment to a colorful and well put together post as this?
    Think I will start with the great pic of the "Dia de la Muerto" figures in the first pic. All Saints Day is just around the corner. Think I recognize a couple of girls in the reflection from the window? Appears to be a Blonde and a Black haired Lady. Know anybody like that?
    The description of your view of the Southwest covers alot of ground and I agree. If one makes circles on Maps. Four Corners area just seems to always end up close to the middle. Southwest Girl you are, what a great opportunity you and Dora have to explore!
    Your little break from the blog sure didn't make you rusty from capturing some colorful photos. Love the pic of 'Our Lady of Guadalupe', the feathers extend the blessings!
    Drinking singles and seeing Doubles! Been there in my younger days!
    Red or Green? Hard question. First of all when in New Mexico or even in Oklahoma all Chili's must come from Hatch,NM. Something about the dirt where they are grown. Over the years it seems a fondness for green works for me on chicken receipes. Red on beef,lamb,cabrito and goat! As long as it makes my eyes sweat and my taste buds holler for more. I'm in!
    Hatch,NM. does wonderful things with chile's, think maybe the wine might be over extending.


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    1. Hi Parker! Thank you for the wonderful comment. oh my goodness are you sure this guy from Oklahoma is not really from New Mexico!! I mean.... he sounds he knows more about NM than most people.:) You know exactly what red and green should go on. It seems like I can only have breakfast burritos with green chile these days. I'm sure over time...I will be like you and figure what chile goes with what. I totally agree about the wine.haha total extending. You think? Lol Oh and at Blake's they have a green chile shake...I'm not sure if that would be good either. but I should try just in case. Have a wonderful day! :)

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  8. I think I'd go for the red chile wine. A wonderfully colourful set of pics!

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    1. thanks Redpat. It would go well with yours shoes.;)

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  9. Among many things, it is certainly spicy food that I miss much over here. Would love to try the wine. Impressive colours in your world.
    Please have a wonderful Wednesday ahead.

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  10. Thank you Robert. My wed. Is much better because of your visit. I hope you have a good one as well. :)

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